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September 16, 1974

Changes in Medical Education

Author Affiliations

University of Illinois College of Medicine Urbana

JAMA. 1974;229(12):1579. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230500015011

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To the Editor.—  When Dr. Visscher's data are broken down by number of respondents rather than by percentages, one might conclude with equal assurance that despite significant curriculum changes over the past ten years, there are as many medical school clinical department heads who believe that current basic science instruction is more effective than it was ten years ago as there are who think it is less. In fact, of 214 respondents, only 67 believed basic science instruction was less effective while 147 indicated it was at least as effective or more effective than ten years earlier.The findings are a tribute to the newer curricula that have been subjected to a scrutiny never applied to more traditional programs. I do not understand why Dr. Visscher's letter emphasizes a negative view, except that the results may have conflicted with preconceived notions that generated it.